1st XV strong season continues

A  youthful 1st XV have produced some exciting and mature performances over recent months and finished the term strongly. The team has played 13 matches so far this season, possibly a record!? Winning 7 and drawing one. There have been 40 point victories over Birkenhead and Liverpool College and close fought wins over the likes of Merchant Taylors and Sandbach.

Led strongly by Matthew Kendal,  a powerful ball carrying number 8,  the pack has been a key feature in providing the exciting backline with the ball. Matthew was unfortunate with injury at the start of the season but he has recovered well and proved his worth both on and off the pitch. He is now a well deserved addition to the recent 1st XV captains' honours board that sits proudly at The Riding's.

The first College captain was T Fitzgerald in 1947-48! The College can also boast ex-captains such as Chris Pilgrim who played for England Students and was our most recent Premiership Rugby player with the Falcons. (College captain in 2003-04).

Dave Norman captained the College in 1981-82 and he was the first schoolboy international. Whilst Ben Johnston (captain 1996-97) and Chris Saverimutto (captain 1998-99) were both senior internationals with England and Ireland respectively.

The fact the current 1st XV  team has seen a considerable  number of Year 11s come into the team and play with passion and gusto has been a credit to their confidence and ability. George Hassall  has been superb and dominated the lineout all season, an incredible achievement.

The backbone of the side has been the lower 6th and Fintan Lynch and Sam Croft both showed excellent leadership when a number of the key Upper 6th boys were injured.

From a coaching point of view it has been really pleasing to see so many young players develop and progress and show such spirit. This bodes well for the tough tests that lie ahead in South Africa as well as the challenges of the next few seasons.

Sean Lynch, Ben Lyon, Matthew Waddington, Ben Gate, Fred Greaves and Matthew Minton have all led the way as upper 6th form players and need a special mention - well done!

Thanks for everyone's efforts so far this season including goundsman Tommy McCann and also a special mention to the Halewood family  who run a superb kitchen!

Happy Christmas

Mr S Mason